Unformatted text preview: lysis is to a movement dedicated to the complete overthrow of an existing
order. The neoliberal compromises that the radical elements of the Chartist Movement made with the
moderate elements were due, in large part, to our inability or unwillingness to hold the moderates' feet to
the fire of a political agenda predicated on an unflinching paradigmatic analysis. Instead, we allowed our
energies and points of attention to be displaced by and onto pragmatic considerations. Simply put, we
abdicated the power to pose the question—and the power to pose the question is the greatest power of all.
Elsewhere, I have written about this unfortunate turn of events (Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid),
so I'll not rehearse the details here. Suffice it to say, this book germinated in the many political and academic
discussions and debates that I was fortunate enough to be a part of at a historic moment and in a place where the
word revolution was spoken in earnest, free of qualifiers and irony. For their past and ongoing ideas and
interventions, I extend solidarity and appreciation to comrades Amanda Alexander, Franco Barch...
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- Spring '14